Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings from The OC Dogumentary!

We hope this December issue finds you decking the halls :)

Once again we are proud to feature Operation Santa Paws this holiday season.

DURING THE HOLIDAY season extra help is needed for the thousands of abused and abandoned animals in the care of local animal shelters and rescues all over the world.

One local grassroots organization from Long Beach, Calif., "Operation Santa Paws," is helping by spearheading a canine/feline toy/treat drive to benefit less-fortunate pets this season. Justin Rudd, organizer of this annual holiday effort that started in 2001, is encouraging animal lovers to purchase a new dog or cat toy, treat or supply to drop-off/donate at one of the locations listed below that will be delivered in time for Christmas to shelters and rescues.

Operation Santa Paws Wish List

NOTE Because of safety and/or housekeeping concerns, stuffed toys, tennis balls, rawhide items and pig ears can not be accepted.

• Durable puppy/dog toy, such as indestructible Ball, Nylabone, Kong, Booda, Gumabones, Velva or Best Ball brand toys

• Pup-Peroni, soft Milk Bones or other soft jerky type dog treats

• Dog and cat shampoo

• Dry puppy food

• Dry and canned kitten food

• Large and medium food/water bowls

• Durable kitten/cat toys

• Cardboard serving trays for use as litter boxes (available for purchase at Smart & Final)

• Plug-in, or durable stand-alone electric or battery-operated scent/aromatherapy machines

• Heating pads for infant animals

• Cleaning/kitchen supplies and air freshener spray, kennel cleaning supplies

• Scrub brushes, rubber curry brushes, mops, brooms, heavy-duty water hoses

• Laundry detergent, dishwashing gloves, baking soda, bleach, paper towels

• Plastic aprons or smocks

• Blankets, bath towels (used or new)

• 6' nylon dog leashes

• Flannel baby blankets for kittens

• Paper towels & bathroom tissue

• Top-loading cat carriers

• Pet supply and home improvement store gift cards

• Cardboard cat scratchers

• Ziplock food storage bags, all sizes

• 33 and 13 gallon trash bags

• Liquid hand soap

• Bleach

• Dish washing detergent

• Laundry detergent

• Polaroid 600 film

• Postage stamps

• Office supplies: dry erase board markers copy paper, envelopes, etc.

• Donations for our special needs and veterinary bills

• Dog and cat sponsorships

• Foster homes for adult cats

• Forever homes for cats and dogs

• Gift cards to retail pet supply or home improvement stores (i.e. Petco, PetsMart, Target, Wal Mart, Rite Aid, Smart & Final) can be mailed to Santa Paws, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803

• Financial contributions checks payable/mailed to Santa Paws, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803

Donation Box Locations for Orange County, California

Airport Irvine Animal Hospital – Irvine
1206 SE Bristol St. (just south of THE LAB & next door to ACAPULCO) (714) 754-1033

Albus Keefe & Assoc., Inc. – Anaheim
1011 N Armando St., 92806, 714.630.1626

Anaheim Feed & Pet Supply - Anaheim
1730 N. Lemon St., 92801

Animal Care Center - Rancho Santa Margarita
30052 Santa Margarita Pkwy., 949-858-8842

Animal Dermatology Clinic – Tustin
2965 Edinger Ave., 92780, 949.-936.0066

Arroyo Elementary - North Tustin
11112 Coronel Rd., 92705

Balearic Community Center - Costa Mesa
1975 Balearic Dr., 92626

Cal Elite Sports Center - Rancho Santa Margarita
22982 Ave Empressa; 949-589-1512

Cantoni Furniture – Irvine
8650 Research Dr., 92618, 949.585.9191

Chateau le Pooch – Brea
391 S State College Blvd. Ste: O, 92821, 714.482.0452

Consolidated Design West – Anaheim
1245 S. Lewis St., 92805

Downtown Aquatics Center - Costa Mesa
1860 Anaheim Ave., 92627

Downtown Recreation Center - Costa Mesa
1860 Anaheim Ave., 92627

Kadan Martial Arts - Garden Grove
11948 Valley View Ave., 92845

Pet Supply - Fountain Valley
18551 Brookhurst St., 1.800.600.PETS

Office of Denise E. Davis – Tustin
17772 Irvine Blvd. (@ Prospect) Suite 202, 714.544.9655

Morris Advertising - Santa Ana
161 City Place Dr., 92705; 949.833.2142

Moulton Animal Hospital - Laguna Niguel
27261-1 La Paz Rd., 92677, 949.831.7297

Neighborhood Community Center - Costa Mesa
1845 Park Ave., 92627

Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital - Newport Beach
1610 W. Coast Hwy, 92663; 949-722-8152

Pet Hospital - Orange
3411 E. Chapman, 92869, 714.771.3261

Pet Junction - Laguna Niguel
27261 La Paz Rd., 949-643-0100

Precept - Irvine
130 Theory Suite 200, 92617, Closed Sundays
Shirley Huston, (949) 679-2122

Orange Co. Song & Dance Co. - Westminster
5860 Westminster Blvd., 92683, 714.897.4475

Petco - Rancho Santa Margarita
30682 Santa Margarita Pkwy., 949-888-0478

Pet Supply - Trabuco Canyon
21612 Plano Trabuco Rd., 92679

Seal Beach LaunderPet - Seal Beach
318 Main St., 90740, 562.430.7196

Starbucks - Rancho Santa Margarita
31437 Santa Margarita Pkwy, 92688

Sun Newspaper - Seal Beach
216 Main St., 90740, 562.430.7555

Talbert Middle School - Hunt. Beach
9101 Brabham Dr., 92646, 714 378 4223

The Spot - Seal Beach
600 Pacific Coast Hwy. #106, 90740
W. Woodruff Hair Design - Seal Beach
139 Main St., 90740, 562.596.0378

Weaver Elementary - Los Alamitos
11872 Wembley Rd., 90720

Whole Foods Market - Laguna Beach
283 Broadway St., 92651, 949.376.7888

Yorba Regional Animal Hospital – Anaheim
8290 E. Crystal Dr., 92807

How to Photograph Your Dog
8 Picture-Perfect Techniques

By Michael Delgado,

We’d all love to take great photos of our dogs whenever we pull out our camera, but it can be really tough to get them to pose. And once they are in position, you need to make sure the lighting and camera is ready for the best shot possible before they start moving again.

As a professional dog photographer in Orange County, I want to share with you 8 ways to help you get the best picture of your pet:

1. Get Down on Their Level
If you want to get great pictures of your dog, you should definitely plan on getting a little dirty. You see, some of the great dog photos are taken when the photographer is laying on the ground (at the dog’s level). You want to be able to see the dog’s personality in his or hers’perspective, and that can provide some beautiful shots.

2. Use Natural Light
Whenever possible, use natural light to show the richness of your dog’s beautiful coat. Outdoor light during the afternoon (especially on a cloudy day) can really bring out the highlights of your dog’s fur.

3. Focus Right or Left
Plan on taking many photos of your dog when he or she is off-center. You see, you can really draw attention to the personality of your dog’s face when you compose your shot in a way that directs his or her’s face at the left or right of the frame. Try the different angles to see what picture looks the best.

4. Follow the Eyes
Make sure to keep your camera focused on the eyes of your pet. The eyes of your dog reveals the personality – and you want to capture that by making sure the focus is set there. You should also take pictures of any other part of your dog that makes him or her unique (e.g. a shaggy ear, drooping tongue, cute nose).

5. Location, Location, Location
To really capture your dog in the best moment, choose a location that shows off his personality. If you have an active dog that loves running around, perhaps take pictures on the beach, hiking trail, or backyard. If you’re dog enjoys laying round, try getting photos on a favorite couch, bed, or by a lit fireplace.

6. Use Flash Outside
Even though you’re shooting pictures of your dog outside, plan on leaving your camera’s flash on. Yes, leave your flash on. The flash can help bring light to any shadows and also bring out the color in your dog’s hair. You’ll be surprised at how well this works the next time you’re taking pictures outdoors. If your dog is frightened by a flash outdoors, don’t use it obviously.

7. Patience is a Virtue
It takes time to get good photos of your dog – and to capture him or her in the right moment. So plan on taking two or three hours to take pictures of your pet, and don’t get upset if you’re not getting any good photos right away. It takes time to get good photos, and don’t be afraid to take a lot of pictures. Besides, you’re only going to print the best pictures anyway. So shoot away.

8. Move Closer
One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they don’t get close enough to their pet. So go ahead, take another step forward and snap more pictures of your dog. The closer and more focused you can get, the better a picture can become.


Michael Delgado is a professional dog photographer serving the Orange County area.
He also blogs at

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Feature Spotlight

Vaccination Station

Vaccination Station offers low cost, high quality vaccinations for dogs and cats. You do not have to sacrifice high quality service to save money.

No vet visit fees, disposal fees or multiple pet fees EVER.

Vaccination Station does NOT promote over vaccination & do NOT bundle vaccines together.
The menu is ala carte.

Please visit Vaccination Station at for dates, times, locations and prices. All the vaccine descriptions are posted on the website as well.

Microchips are only $15 including a lifetime registration!!

The Vaccination Station offers heartworm testing and preventatives as well as Frontline Plus, the #1 recommended Flea and Tick product.

Vaccination Station clinics are staffed by California licensed and insured Veterinarians and all the members of the staff are eager to make your vaccination experience fast, fun and stress free.

Clinic hours from 10am to 2pm this Sunday, December 6th:

19 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Quinn's Old Town Grill

Quinn’s Old Town Grill
405 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 731-2263

From casual salads, sandwiches, & comfort food to prime steaks and Alaskan king crab Quinn’s Old Town Grill in Tustin features a dog friendly patio with iced water bowls and dog treats for your furry friend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily with weekend breakfast from 8:00am - 3:00pm.

December Dog Friendly Events

Thursday, December 3rd

Muttropols' Holiday Open House and Pet Portraits

We appreciate you! Please join us for a fun customer appreciation event and holiday pet portraits with professional photographer Patricia Marin. Champagne, cider, and tray passed treats for doggies and humans will be served at this pet friendly event!

4pm to 8pm

Muttropolis Newport Beach
Fashion Island Mall
865 Newport Center Drive


Thursday, December 3rd

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk

Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Many galleries allow your pooch to peruse their artwork, making this a great pet friendly event!


Friday, December 4th

Laguna Beach's 53rd Annual Hospitality Night

5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 53rd annual “Hospitality Night,” when Forest Avenue is cordoned off and shops stay open until 9 p.m. to welcome holiday revelers. Don't miss one of Laguna Beach's best pet friendly events!

Santa Claus will light up the historic pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.


Saturday, December 5th

German Shepherd Rescue of OC's Annual Holiday Boutique

12:00pm to 4:00pm

6302 Vatcher Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

GSROC invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser. Come start your holiday shopping while supporting our homeless furry kids. We have received brand new wonderful donations like collectable ornaments, household items, beautiful women's jewelry, baby items, unique antiques and more. This time we will have more vendors attending than ever before, and you will find everything from handmade soy candles, skin care and make-up, handmade kids accessories, handmade leather dog leashes and collars, amazing deals on women's clothing's, accessories, and more. Bring your family & friends and have some fun while helping the DOGS. Cash or check only.


Sunday, December 6th

The Pet Rescue Center’s Holiday Open House

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Alicia Pet Care Center and The Pet Rescue Center Open Holiday Open House and Fundraiser!

Complimentary Pictures with Santa for Families & Pets, Interactive Educational Booths, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Food & Desserts, Meet the Doctors of Alicia Pet Care Center, Training Exhibition By Vladae "The Russian Dog Wizard." Enter to WIN a Wii or an HD Flip Video Camera! Admission to pet friendly event is FREE & ALL proceeds raised benefit The Pet Rescue Center.

25800 Jeronimo Road, Suite 100
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 768-1313


Sunday, December 6th

"Help us Help Them Cut-a-thon" benefiting Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets

Jesse Daniel Salon
17331 17th St
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 508-8555

12:00 - 4:00pm

All cuts donation only ($10 min. requested). All proceeds will be going directly to Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets. Come help us raise money for these homeless animals and possibly give them a forever home! On site pet adoptions. No appointment necessary. Raffle prizes, music, food and fun!


Sunday, December 6th

Corona del Mar’s Annual Christmas Walk & Festival

The 31st Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss pet friendly event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends & associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, bouncy houses, Santa Visits restaurant tasting & a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you and your pooch to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

FREE to the public
December 02, 2007 11:00AM - 4:00PM
(949) 673-4050


Sunday, December 6th

A Home for the Holidays
Irvine Animal Care Center Adoption Event

10am to 3pm

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-7741

Give the greatest gift of all this Holiday Season...a home and a future to a homeless pet!

The Irvine Animal Care Center is excited to host its third annual Home for the Holidays adoption event. More than 20 rescue groups will bring about 500 homeless dogs, cats & rabbits. Santa Claus will also be available for photos with children and pets. There will be vendors, food, a raffle, bake sale & much more. It will be a fun and festive pet friendly event for the entire family!

View the flyer


Wed December 16th - Sun December 20th

101st Annual Newport Harbor Boat Parade

California's largest and one of the nation's most well established Holiday boat parades...the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat parade. The boat parade sees over 100 illuminated vessels cruise through the harbor of Newport Beach, CA. Bring your pups to this beautiful pet friendly event and enjoy a walk around Balboa Island where you'll also enjoy the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition.

When: Nightly at 6:30pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Price: Free!

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Quotes from the Dog Pound

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"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater...
suggest that he wear a tail."

--Fran Lebowitz

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of ther universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

--Roger Caras

Thank you for reading our December issue of The OC Dogumentary...we wish you and your pals a very Happy Holiday Season!

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary

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